The Kansas City Chiefs are actively shopping LT Branden Albert, according to USA Today.
We’ve been hearing trade rumors swirling about Albert for weeks now. Just a couple of days ago, John Clayton of ESPN said he thought it was possible Albert could be dealt to the Miami Dolphins for a second-round draft pick. That would make a little sense. The Dolphins have two second-rounders and just lost LT Jake Long.
Albert signed his franchise tender today meaning he is now under contract with the Chiefs. KC can now deal him if they wish. The trading team would likely want to to seek out a long-term deal with Albert to avoid paying him the over $9 million he would be due under the tag.
Here is the report:
The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity, said the Chiefs aren’t desperate to move Albert but realize another team might offer him a better long-term contract. The Chiefs have the No. 1 pick in April’s NFL Draft and might use it on tackle Luke Joeckel.
According to the person briefed on the trade talks, Kansas City isn’t just listening to offers, as Sports Illustrated reported this week. The team is seeking out suitors. To borrow a word from the New York Jets‘ Rex Ryan in shooting down the Darrelle Revis rumors, the Chiefs are “actively” shopping Albert.
And he’s OK with that, if it’s best for his future.
“I have no problem playing in Kansas City,” Albert said. “Everybody knows trying to go to another city and another place to play is kind of hard. But at the same time, the answers are not there for me (yet). I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do.
He added, “I don’t know if I’m being traded, but I understand it’s a possibility.”
What do you think, Addicts? Does it make sense for the Chiefs to replace Albert with a younger, perhaps more talented but also unknown rookie with the first pick in the draft?
I am not so sure. The Chiefs spent a first-round pick on Albert. If they deal Albert to Miami, KC would essentially be trading Albert for Luke Joeckel and a second-round pick.